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Carolina's Wine Taralli Cookies

Passed down from Lucinda's Great-Aunt Carolina, these traditionally savory Italian cookies are made sweet with Marsala wine and a light lemon glaze. From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Yield: Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Carolina's Wine Taralli Cookies

Source: Mad Hungry, October 2010


For the Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine

For the Icing

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a separate larger bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg until well combined. Stir in the olive oil and wine. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined, kneading slightly until the dough is easy to handle and medium-soft.

  4. On a clean surface, use your hands and roll the dough into 1/2-inch-thick, cigarlike rolls. Cut each cigar into 6-inch pieces, folding each piece into a loop-shape. Press the dough with fingers to seal together. Place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

  6. If you wish to ice them, whisk 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into 1 cup confectioners' sugar. It should be the consistency of thick whipping cream. Dip one side of the cookie in the glaze and let dry.

Reviews (6)

  • LadyMaxine 20 Jan, 2012

    To Betty Cruz, I watched the show and did not see any rudeness from Lucinda. My husband was watching with me and we both thought they were having a good time. I record LSQ and have re-watched the show and still must disagree with you. Maxine

  • BettyCruz 12 Jan, 2012

    I have not made the cookies yet, but I have a comment.

    I thought I liked Lucinda, but she was very rude to Martha Stewart's assistant cook today, as they were baking these cookies. She repeated sarcastic comments to her which I think made her very uncomfortable. Not Nice.....

  • ibeluci 23 Oct, 2011

    Definitely a keeper recipe. Kept all the original ingredients, but made them much smaller, in the shape of an awareness ribbon and got about 4 doz cookies. Used the icing, but being that these were for a breast cancer awareness luncheon, I tinted the icing pink. Needless to say, they were a hit. Thank you, Lucinda, and I DID give you all the credit for the recipe. ;-)

  • paperzz22 20 Jan, 2011

    there is sweet marsala and not sweet marsala- which one for the cookies?

  • BeijingGirl 20 Jan, 2011

    Just made them! Yum!

  • sandiegogirl 18 Oct, 2010

    Great cookie....this is the taste we have been looking for. Lost the recipe somehow and all my family will be so happy. It has a yeast taste and is a great dunking cookie.

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